To attend 10th BRICS Summit 2018 the Indian Prime Minster landed in South Africa on a three day visit for his interaction with the South African premier as well as to attend the BRICS summit. After concluding his visits of Rwanda and Uganda by closing many agreements with the two countries, Narendra Modi held delegation level talks with South African President Cyril Ramaphosa where he emphasised on the importance of Africa in India’s foreign policy and the need of the two nations to aid and help in each other’s successful development in the coming years.
The two leaders also during the 10th BRICS Summit 2018 signed three Memorandums of Understandings on cooperation in exploration and use of outer space for peaceful purposes, setting up of Gandhi-Mandela Centre of specialisation for artisan skills and agricultural research and education. Modi and Ramaphose spoke at length about the ever strong ties between the two countries and also about how the two nations must work together to ensure they become a nursery for their youth’s ambition.
The Prime Minster earlier in the day also addressed the BRICS summit in Johannesburg. BRICS is a grouping of five major emerging economies: Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.
The PM talked at length about India’s dedication to work with the fellow participating nations towards the fourth industrial revolution. Addressing the Plenary session of the BRICS Summit he reaffirmed India’s commitment to international trade and stressed upon the importance of multicooperation in creating a better world.
At the session with fellow BRICS leaders, I shared my thoughts on various global issues, the importance of technology, skill development and how effective multilateral cooperation creates a better world,” PM Modi tweeted after the session.
He also met and interacted with several heads of states at the 10th edition of the BRICS summit which is known as the BRICS in Africa. Talks were held with Chinese President Xi Jinping for the third time in four months before the summit with the two leaders reportedly discussing how to improve ties between the two nations and also looking at new opportunities for cooperation.
“It is important to maintain this momentum and for this we should, at our level, regularly review our relationship and give proper instructions whenever required,” Modi told Xi, reported PTI.
During the 10th BRICS Summit 2018, he also held discussions with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Argentina President Mauricio Macri, strengthening the friendship between the two countries and India. After meeting Russian premier Vladimir Putin, PM Narendra Modi tweeted, “Wide-ranging and productive talks with President Putin. India’s friendship with Russia is deep-rooted and our countries will continue working together in multiple sectors.”